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Interactive Solar Exhibit at LEGOLAND Teaches Children STEM Skills

July 14, 2014 For Immediate Release Contact: Rick Gilbert, [email protected], (727) 572-4247 x 125 Interactive Solar Exhibit at LEGOLAND Teaches Children Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Skills Solar Source installs 30-kW solar array at LEGOLAND with funding from Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy Program. Largo, FL Solar Source installed a 30-kW solar panel array at LEGOLAND Florida’s Imagination Zone with funding from Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program. LEGOLAND took the array to the next level, opening a solar power exhibit featuring an interactive 6-foot LEGO Earth model. Solar Source mounted multi-crystalline panels to the roof of the Imagination Zone: a hands-on learning & activity center in the theme park. The new LEGO Earth exhibit demonstrates how solar technology works and allows visitors to manipulate the panels to understand how they generate solar electricity. The solar energy generated on the rooftop powers an interactive exhibit inside of the Imagination Zone where guests can interact with model communities made out of LEGOs. “We are proud to put our technology on display to increase exposure and provide educational opportunities for children and their parents,” said Rick Gilbert, Vice President of Solar Source. LEGOLAND is not the first theme park that Solar Source has worked with; for instance they installed a solar water heating system for Disney Parks.  Solar Source has a history of working with public and private partners, such as the City of St. Petersburg, Lowry Park Zoo, and Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) to provide solar power installations that not only produce electricity, but also educate the public on the benefits of clean, renewable energy. “It’s fitting that some of TECO’s renewable energy “blocks” were built with LEGO bricks,” said Gilbert. “They serve two purposes: producing electricity, and enhancing awareness.” Tampa Electric funded the LEGOLAND project as a part of their Renewable Energy program that gives customers the option to purchase “blocks” of renewable energy. Located in Lakeland, LEGOLAND Florida is the largest LEGOLAND Park in the world. The iconic “LEGO” bricks encourage children to explore their imagination and challenge their creativity. According to the American Solar Energy Industry, U.S. solar capacity has quadrupled in the last four years – growing 418 percent from 2010-2014. The U.S. installed 1,330 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) in the first quarter of 2014, up 79 percent over Q1 2013. About Solar Source Headquartered in Largo, Florida Solar Source (Constructive Resource, Inc. dba Solar Source) is licensed solar electrical, and general contracting firm with additional locations in Ontario, Canada and New Jersey.  Solar Source specializes in industrial, commercial, and residential projects including photovoltaic (PV), solar water heating and pool heating.  Projects include the first rooftop megawatt (MW) PV system in Florida, the largest PV system in Cuba at Guantanamo Naval Base, the largest solar pool heater in the world, in Mexico and solar heating systems for the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia and Athens, Greece. Solar Source is also the founding entity of Solar Source Institute, a licensed, accredited educational facility that provides solar training for the construction industry. – # # # –

Solar Source Installs 3.06 kW Solar Photovoltaic System for St. Pete City Council Member Karl Nurse

solar-powered home of Karl Nurse in St. Petersburg Florida

The St. Petersburg home of City Council Member Karl Nurse is powered by 12 solar panels installed by Solar Source

The 12-panel system is expected to pay for itself in about seven years. Largo, FL (PRWEB) August 14, 2012 Solar Source completed the installation of a 3.06 kilowatt solar electric (photovoltaic or PV) system on the home of St. Petersburg City Council Member Karl Nurse. Nurse expects his system will generate all of the electricity his home requires for about six months out of the year; thanks to efficiency improvements he’s made over the last decade. Full Story…

Solar Source Installs Solar Water Heaters for City of St. Petersburg; Projected to Save $20,000 Annu

ARRA funds put local company to work installing 21 solar water heaters for municipal buildings in St. Petersburg.

Largo, FL (PRWEB) May 01, 2012

Solar Source recently installed 21 active solar hot water systems at various municipal buildings for the City of St. Petersburg. An Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 paid for the systems. The solar water heaters are expected to help the city save over $20,000 per year on operating expenses through reduced electricity bills.  Full Story…

Solar Source Installs Cuba’s Largest Solar Array at Guantanamo Bay

The 1,200 panel solar power system will generate clean electricity for the military fitness center at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.  
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Solar Array

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Solar Array

Largo, FL – Tampa-based solar contractor, Solar Source, completed construction on a 1,200 panel solar power system at the Naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The solar array, which is the first of its scale on the island, will produce clean electricity to power a new fitness center for military personnel. “We are proud to help the Navy take a significant step towards its goal of cutting fossil fuel dependence in half by 2020,” said company President, Wayne Wallace. Solar Source provided engineering, procurement, and construction for the approximately 300 kW ground-mount solar energy system, which required giant six-foot screws and custom engineered and to pre-drill and penetrate the dense shell and rock ground. The turnkey solar installation is part of a larger military effort to save money by lowering power bills. The military base at Guantanamo Bay has produced itʼs own electricity since the 1960ʼs when Rear Adm. John Bulkeley spearheaded the baseʼs efforts to become independent from Cubaʼs water and power supply. Electricity is expensive for the base, with diesel fuel being shipped in from overseas. The naval base is undergoing several conservation measures, including “mock utility bills” and the use of alternative vehicles. About Solar Source Solar Source (Constructive Resource, Inc. dba AAA Solar Source) is a licensed solar contractor (CVC056646) specializing in residential, commercial and industrial projects including Photovoltaic (PV), solar pool heating, domestic water heating (solar hot water), attic ventilation, and more. Solar Source installs systems for commercial businesses, homeowners, government facilities and schools across North America and beyond. Solar Source installed the largest solar pool heater in the world, in Mexico, the first roof top megawatt PV system in Florida, and is currently developing a four MW project for two school districts in New Jersey. Solar Source completed a large domestic water heating project for Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL and has heated the pools for the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and Athens in 2004. Solar Source is the founding entity of Solar Source Institute, a licensed educational facility that provides solar training for the construction industry.

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Founded in 1984 and based in Largo, Solar Source has led the solar charge for over 30 years. We have installed over 30,000 solar systems in that time and continue to grow rapidly. These installations range in size and complexity from small residential systems to large-scale commercial projects. As the leading solar contractor in the state of Florida, we have also established Solar Source Institute, an accredited school with which we conduct training for our own staff as well as other licensed contractors (including solar, electrical, and roofing) to teach best practices and issue certifications of competency. When you choose Solar Source to perform your solar installation you’re hiring a company with unrivaled experience that is able to deliver a solution that suits your specific needs, has a maximum return on investment, with trouble-free performance for many years. We maintain a consistent A rating Angie’s List, BBB and many other consumer ratings sites, and we encourage you to check our reputation. Providing you with the absolute best in solar energy is our constant goal.
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